Friday, March 20, 2015

Watch Out Hillary, Here Comes Martin O'Malley

WaPo reports:
Over the past two years, as Martin O’Malley has mulled a run for president, he has poured hefty resources into Iowa, appearing at 24 campaign events and fundraisers, lending 14 staffers to Democratic candidates and the state party, and donating more than $40,000.

On Friday, the former Maryland governor returns to the home of the nation’s first presidential caucuses for the first time since last fall’s election, hoping to start reaping the reward of that investment.

Remarkably, as the 2016 presidential race launches in earnest, very few of the candidates and party leaders O’Malley helped in Iowa have committed — to him, to presumed front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton or to anyone else. Many of these Democrats say it is too early to decide whom they will support, creating hope for the long shot from Maryland but also leaving it unclear whether his considerable efforts will generate anything more than goodwill.
One possibility that I haven't seen given any attention, but that must be considered, is that Hillary has no intention of running for president but is giving the impression she will so that she is able to continue bringing in the big speaking fees, and those big donations to the Clinton Foundation from various foreign governments operatives.

WaPo reports:
Recent donors include the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Australia, Germany and a Canadian government agency promoting the Keystone XL pipeline. . . .

It is difficult to believe these types of top speaking fees and especially the foreign government donations would pour in if it is clear that Hillary is not running for the presidency.


1 comment:

  1. Here is Martin O'Malley getting absolutely roasted by Reddit during an "Ask me anything" session he did there: